Bobby Darling

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Bobby Darling
Bobby Darling at Zerza Tunga Launch
Bobby Darling at Zerza Tunga Launch
Born Pankaj Sharma
Delhi, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Tabu, Pinki popoo
Occupation Actress

Bobby Darling (born Pankaj Sharma) is an Indian trans woman actress active in Bollywood and regional Indian films, celebrity, reality show participant, and model.[1][2][3] Before transitioning she appeared in the Limca Book of Records for doing 18 roles as a gay man by the time she was 23 years old.[4]

In 2006 Darling came into wider Indian prominence when cast in the first season reality TV programme Bigg Boss, which follows the Big Brother format, which was first developed by Endemol in the Netherlands. Darling was also the first person representing sexuality minorities which has continued on the show.[5] She has since appeared on other shows, and media, and made appearances while continuing her acting career.[6]

In 2013 Darling was honoured to be performing for the first time in her career a mujra dance originated by tawaif (courtesans) during the Mughal era, and presently performed where Mughal culture is prevalent, such as Pakistan and India, often pairing a modern form with popular local music.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Darling was born in Delhi, India. A homosexual from a young age, Pankaj ran into problems with her family due to her sexual orientation.[8] She lost her mother when Darling was a teenager.[9] She said in a 2009 interview that her appearance on the reality show Sacch Ka Saamna (Hindi: सच का सामना, "Facing the Truth"), the Indian version of the popular American show The Moment of Truth, which itself is adapted from the Colombian reality game show Nada más que la verdad, helped reunite her with her father.[10] The two were brought together on the show when her dad was the special surprise guest.[11] She underwent surgery for breast implant in 2010.[8]

Darling identifies with the LGBT community and has expressed that her arrest, along with other guests at a private party was solely due to police bias against gay people,[1] "I doubt the police would have taken such action had it not been a gay party ... I did not see any form of indecent behaviour."[12][13] She has been a vocal supporter of LGBT rights.[14]

Awards[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Sasural Simar Ka (2014–present) As Bobby (Khushi's friend)
  • Yeh Hai Aashiqui (2013) .... friend and business manager[30][31]
  • Late Night Show with Begum Nawazish Ali ... co-host[32]
  • Emotional Atyachar (2010)....herself[33]
  • Sach Ka Saamna (2009)[10]
  • Cornetto Anchor Hunt....herself[34]
  • Bigg Boss Season 1 (2006)....Herself[35]
  • Kasauti Zindigi KI (2005)....Mr. Softy
  • Kitne cool hai hum
  • Kyunki Saas bahu thi
  • Khin kissi roza

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b D'Cruz, Caroline (20 September 2011). "I date straight men: Bobby Darling". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bigg Boss 5 begins with Shakti Kapoor as the only male inmate". Economic Times. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Joshi, Tushar (18 August 2009). "Bobby Darling walking the ramp for the first time". Mid-Day. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "'Bobby Darling'". Rediff. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Maheshwri, Neha (25 September 2011). "Laxmi Narayan Tripathi in Bigg Boss 5". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Khan, Robert (15 February 2010). "Commitment transcends commercial motive". Indian Newslink. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Maheshwri, Neha (5 October 2013). "I will surpass Kareena with my mujra". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Bobby Darling goes booby; gets a pair of breasts". Zee News. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "It's Official: Bobby's a woman!". The Times of India. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Salvadore, Sarah (16 August 2009). "Anything for a high TRP...". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Chatter box: The Family Love". The Indian Express. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Gay arrests continue". Star Observer. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Vijay V Singh, Shibu Thomas & Bharati Dubey (20 September 2011). "Moral policing gets the stick". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "A Bash for Daniel Rudolph". The Times of India. 9 July 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "'Bobby Darling Best Supporting Actor'". Rediff. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  16. ^ Dasgupta, Piyali (17 February 2012). "Bobby Darling turns Bobbylina Boywala!". Times of India. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  17. ^ Priya, Shashi (7 January 2012). "Bobby Darling goes Hollywood". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  18. ^ Dasgupta, Piyali (30 July 2011). "Bobby Darling and Veena Malik face to face on big screen". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  19. ^ Thomas, Edison (3 October 2011). "Veena Malik shoots an item song". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "From Bobby to Bobbee". The Times of India. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  21. ^ a b c "I was offered Swayamvar: Bobby". The Times of India. 11 March 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Bobbee Darling in Ritu's film". The Times of India. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  23. ^ Patel, Mamta. "Bobby Darling goes to Hollywood". Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  24. ^ "Salman supports Nasser Khan's venture". The Times of India. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  25. ^ "My dream role is to play a prostitute: Bobby Darling". Now Running. 24 March 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  26. ^ a b Jha, Subhash K (6 February 2006). "Bobby Darling wins award at Monaco Film Fest!". SIFY Movies. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  27. ^ a b c "Bobby Darling continues to do comedy". India Glitz. 12 March 2006. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  28. ^ "No reality show's for Karishma". The Times of India. 22 May 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  29. ^ "Burglary Attempt Runs into Trouble With 3rd Unknown Guard Dog ? No Problem (2010, Hindi) Bollywood Movie Dialog Promo 3 Trailer". Washington Bangla Radio. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  30. ^ "Bobby Darling says no to pants". The Times of India. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  31. ^ Talreja, Vinod (25 September 2013). "Jiah Khan's suicide case to be recreated for TV". Bollywood Life. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  32. ^ Upala KBR (2 July 2010). "Bhatt gets straight talkin'!". Mid-Day. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  33. ^ "Ajay, Emraan at LSD". The Times of India. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  34. ^ "TV TALK". Deccan Herald. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  35. ^ Das, Monalisa (4 October 2013). "The big leap for transgenders". Retrieved 21 October 2013. 

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